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Assistant Professor - Biosystems Engineering

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Assistant Professor - Biosystems Engineering

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Sep 21, 2023

Assistant Professor - Biosystems Engineering

Sustainable Bioprocess Engineer
Increasing concern for the current climate crisis, heightened awareness of contaminant release from petroleum-based products that impact ecosystem and human wellbeing, and knowledge of the ecological and health benefits of biobased products/processing motivates biosystems engineers to design sustainable bioprocesses to meet the needs of society within an ecological framework. The practice of genuine sustainable engineering research, design, teaching, and service is required to help solve these major crisis issues.

The Biosystems Engineering program at Clemson University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall 2024. The Program is housed within the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences.

Excellent opportunities exist for research and teaching collaboration with colleagues in the Program, Department, School and University. Information is available at:, and



The successful candidate will have earned a Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering or a related discipline. The successful candidate is expected to develop an impactful research program in an area of sustainable bioprocessing engineering, including biosystems engineering for food and agriculture, food process engineering, biological carbon sequestration, biorefinery engineering for biofuels/nutraceuticals/biomaterials, renewable/carbon-negative energy, carbon drawdown technologies, biological waste utilization, or bioprocess modeling. The candidate will recruit and advise students in Biosystems Engineering and related programs at the undergraduate (Honors) and graduate (MS and PhD) levels in focused research.

The successful candidate is also expected to foster a vibrant teaching portfolio in Biosystems Engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, engaging and preparing students for successful and impactful careers in industry, government, or academia. Participation in activities that promote the Biosystems Engineering discipline will be encouraged.

Application Instructions:

Applications received by November 6, 2023 will receive full consideration, with the review process continuing until the position is filled.

Applicants should submit:

1) Cover Letter

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) Statement of Research Interests

4) Statement of Teaching Interests/Philosophy

5) Contact information for five references


All application materials must be submitted via Interfolio:

Please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Caye Drapcho ( or Department Chair, Dr. David L. Freedman ( for further information if needed.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, pregnancy (including childbirth, or related medical condition), national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, genetic information, or any other personal characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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